At least one rookie receiver has eclipsed the 1,000-yard threshold in each of the past four NFL seasons, including the 2014 season that saw three newcomers accomplish the feat. The continued progression toward pass-heavy offensive schemes has meant a receiver either needs to be able to do everything well (AJ Green) or be highly specialized (Jarvis Landry).
This season’s most complete receiver to enter the draft is Mike Williams of Clemson. Williams fits into the mold of an AJ Green or Mike Evans, as the former Tiger stands at 6’3” and weighs 205 lbs. Williams is going to be an outside receiver who excels as a red zone threat and at winning 50/50 balls over overpowered corners.
Then there is Corey Davis. The Western Michigan product is nearly the same size as Williams and comes into the league as the most prolific receiver in FBS history. Davis also plays a similar game to Williams in terms of his play along the sidelines, though I would say he is a little shiftier compared with his more physical counterpart. It’s also worth noting that Davis is dealing with a bit of an ankle issue, so he may not test too well leading into the draft.
Williams is a -200 favorite to be the first receiver taken in the upcoming 2017 NFL draft and with good reason. Not only has he produced big numbers at a top-level school, he also played very well against an NFL-style defense in the national championship game.
However, if a team wants the more specialized slot receiver, there is John Ross of Washington. Ross is fast, agile and has natural pass-catching abilities, but likely doesn’t have the size to make a living on the outside in the NFL.
Who Will Be The First Wide Receiver Selected In THE 2017 NFL Draft?
Odds as of February 10, 2017 at BetOnline
- Mike Williams -200
- Corey Davis +200
- John Ross +1200